Core 122 Installation on APU

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Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by zargano » August 12th, 2018, 9:14 am

As announced here https://downloads.ipfire.org/release/ip ... 21-core122 , a special image for serial console does not exist any longer. So I tried the x86_64 Flash-Image for a new install on my APU.

This is what I see on the serial console (excerpt):

Code: Select all

Press F12 for boot menu.

Select boot device:

1. USB MSC Drive Intenso Alu Line 8.07
2. AHCI/0: SATA SSD ATA-10 Hard-Disk (15272 MiBytes)
3. iPXE (PCI 00:00.0)
4. Payload [setup]
5. Payload [memtest]

Searching bootorder for: HALT
drive 0x000f24d0: PCHS=0/0/0 translation=lba LCHS=949/255/63 s=15257600
drive 0x000f2500: PCHS=16383/16/63 translation=lba LCHS=1024/255/63 s=31277232
Space available for UMB: c1000-ee800, f0000-f24d0
Returned 253952 bytes of ZoneHigh
e820 map has 6 items:
  0: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 = 1 RAM
  1: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 = 2 RESERVED
  2: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 = 2 RESERVED
  3: 0000000000100000 - 000000007e14e000 = 1 RAM
  4: 000000007e14e000 - 000000007f000000 = 2 RESERVED
  5: 00000000f8000000 - 00000000f9000000 = 2 RESERVED
enter handle_19:
  NULL
Booting from Hard Disk...
Booting from 0000:7c00
GRUB loading.
Booting from USB stick, I don't see any further output after "GRUB loading" on the serial console :( What should I do?

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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by zargano » August 12th, 2018, 1:31 pm

Update: I used an USB-stick, that turned out to be faulty. I will eventually check, whether this issue can be assumed as solved.

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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by zargano » August 12th, 2018, 7:07 pm

I used another USB stick: the same as above...

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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by Arne.F » August 13th, 2018, 3:33 am

on my apu2 i have tested both images (iso for installing on a msata) and the flashimage.

For the scon mode on the flashimage it is important to choose the correct boot entry at first boot, or the serial console will disabled.
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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by DangerBunny » August 13th, 2018, 7:35 am

I'm having this same problem. I see a linux boot menu flash on the screen briefly, but not long enough to choose anything or interact with it in any way. Tomorrow I'll try writing the card again and see if I can discover anything useful...

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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by Hellfire » August 13th, 2018, 10:53 am

Just to be sure: Does a serial console or better a headless box not work anymore? Does this imply that I cannot update from core 120 to core 122 if I'm running a APU2C4 box without any VGA interface?

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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by frickelpit » August 13th, 2018, 1:39 pm

I couldn't update my apu2c4 from 120 > 122 because i had i586 installed and the update destroys my kernel files. So i have made a brand new x64 installation. With serial console you need BIOS 4.0.14 (see wiki) with "Legacy Console Redirect=disabled". After that you can use both image files to install.

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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by Arne.F » August 13th, 2018, 4:07 pm

I have also tested updating from core120 to 122 on apu1 and 2 (but both was already x86_64) but i have also tested an Traverse Geos (similar to alix with 32bit), all this systems has serial consoles.

I know only one problematic platform (paravirt xen) on this machines the new kernel crashes. (Also with fresh install)
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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by zargano » August 13th, 2018, 4:16 pm

I have successfully updated two of my three headless APU boxes from Core 120 (64 Bit) to Core 122. This worked flawlessly as expected. The update on the third APU will follow shortly.

For the new fresh install of Core 122 (64 Bit) I still need to check out Arne's hint viewtopic.php?f=51&t=21203&p=118142#p118130 .

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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by DangerBunny » August 13th, 2018, 9:30 pm

Additional info: First of all, I am doing clean install, not upgrade. The hardware is an APU-1C with the 4/5/14 bios (the final non-beta release).

I am using a USB-serial converter and putty on windows to install. The linux boot menu would appear then immediately disappear, so I turned on logging in putty so I could post it here.

However, this time it worked! Logging seems to slow putty down a LOT (maybe it opens/closes the log file for each character?), and this time the boot menu appeared and I could interact with it. There was a "serial console" choice, and I chose it, and the install proceeded perfectly after that.

This isn't a very satisfying solution, but maybe it will be helpful for someone? I'm wondering if it's related to the usb/serial converter, although I used it to install before with no problems.

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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by Hellfire » August 14th, 2018, 6:42 am

Hi,

I'm too using a USB-serial converter connected to a Raspberry Pi and IPFire. This configuration allows me to remotely access my IPFre during boot and run-time without having to attach e.g. a laptop with a serial connector. Raspberry Pi is running a serial server for this task.

Of course accessing IPFire when running properly, is possible using SSH as well, which is my preferred way anyway.

That said, right now I did not dare to update to core 122 (from 120) so far, guess after your experience I will give it a try, though.

Thanks for reporting back, highly appreciated!

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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by zargano » August 14th, 2018, 4:04 pm

Hellfire wrote:
August 14th, 2018, 6:42 am
That said, right now I did not dare to update to core 122 (from 120) so far, guess after your experience I will give it a try, though.
Yesterday I updated my third and last APU.1C from Core 120 to Core 122 (both 64 Bit). I triggered the last update via the WebGUI, while I had a serial SSH console running in parallel. (I was running top out of curiosity.) This update worked perfectly, and I had a running connection via SSH all the time.

I triggered the first two updates via the WebGUI as well, but I followed the update through Putty (Windows) via a USB2Serial adaptor to the serial port of the APU.1C. This worked flawlessly as well.

Hellfire, I bet you are safe for a "plain" update. But do not reboot before you have completely updated to Core 122.

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Re: Core 122 Installation on APU

Post by H&M » September 14th, 2018, 3:56 pm

Hello,
I have the same error - Grub loading halt - after I've updated my APU1C2 from Core 120 straight to core 123 (2 times runned pakfire upgrade).

Is the machine recoverable in any way?
I also have a SD card in that machoine with an old IPFire image - I can access mSata partitions..

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